Tiger Woods ‘agitated and impatient’ as he ‘almost had accident’ before horror crash
Tiger Woods almost crashed his car as he was leaving a parking lot just moments before his horror smash, according to reports.
The PGA golfer was said to be ‘agitated and impatient’ as he attempted to leave the grounds of the hotel where he has been staying.
A major production show called ‘Grown-ish’ has been filming at the hotel, and TMZ report Woods’ SUV was blocked in by another car as it was loading.
Their report then alleges Woods drove ‘very fast’ on his way out of the car park, almost having an accident, involving the director of the production company.
The director was so ‘shaken up’ by the incident that he mentioned it to production crew, with one witness claiming Woods “took off fast.”
Oliver Konteh, who works on the crew, told TMZ : “A little bit after 6:40am our director has come in and he was like ‘you know what, I almost got in an accident with f***ing Tiger Woods. He almost hit me.'”
According to Golf Digest , Woods was running late for a meeting scheduled for 7:30am at the Riviera Golf Course for the annual Genesis invitational tournament.
Due to the delay in his departure, Woods reportedly did not leave the hotel until just before 7am, with the Riviera approximately an hour from his hotel.
TMZ released footage on their website showing Woods’ car driving up the freeway, but he did not appear to be going any faster than the car in front.
However, soon after, Woods lost control of his vehicle as it overturned in the region of Ranchos Palos Verdes, California.
A Sheriff’s spokesperson for the area said: “On February 23, 2021, at approximately 7.12 AM, LASD responded to a single vehicle roll-over traffic collision on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes.
“The vehicle was travelling northbound on Hawthorne Boulevard, at Blackhorse Road, when it crashed. The vehicle sustained major damage.”
Woods’ vehicle swerved into an oncoming lane then struck a curb and a tree, before rolling several times down an embankment and coming to a halt, with attending emergency services pulling him out through the front windshield.
“Mr Woods was extricated from the wreck by Los Angeles County firefighters and paramedics, then transported to a local hospital by ambulance for his injuries,” officials said.
He has since undergone surgery after suffering a double fracture to his right leg, as well as foot and ankle injuries, and trauma to his muscle and soft tissue.
Anish Mahajan, chief medical officer at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, said Woods had been treated by orthopaedic trauma specialists during emergency surgery.
“Comminuted open fractures affecting the upper and lower of the tibia and fibula bones were stabilised by inserting a rod into the tibia,” he said.
“Additional injuries to the bones of the foot and ankle were stabilised with a combination of screws and pins.
“Trauma to the muscle and soft tissue of the leg required surgical release of the covering of the muscles to relieve pressure due to swelling.”
A statement released on his official Twitter account read: “We thank everyone for the overwhelming support support and messages during this tough time.
“As previously communicated, Tiger was involved in a single-car accident earlier this morning in California. He has undergone a long surgical procedure on his lower right leg and ankle after being brought to hospital.”
“He is currently awake, responsive, and recovering in his hospital room.”
Officials said there was no indication Woods had been under the influence of any substances at the time of the crash.
It is only three years since Woods pleaded guilty to a charge of reckless driving in Florida.
He avoided jail time by agreeing to various programmes and going teetotal over a probationary period lasting 12 months.
That was not Woods’ first incident behind the wheel, as he was arrested in 2017 passed out in his Mercedes-Benz.
The car had been damaged on one side and was parked at an awkward angle, while Woods was in an incoherent state, though no alcohol was found in his bloodstream.
Since his crash on Tuesday, Woods has been inundated with messages of support.
Among them, ex-US President Barack Obama tweeted: “Sending my prayers to Tiger Woods and his family tonight, here’s to a speedy recovery for the GOAT of golf.
“If we’ve learned anything over the years, it’s to never count Tiger out.”